Wednesday, September 30, 2009


By Mr. Quarter,

To correct any false impressions that might be drawn from the title of this post, Mr. Quarter is not claiming any particular insight. Rather, this is to provide some insight into Mr. Quarter and the things that make him tick. I stumbled this quote several years ago, absolutely embraced it as a principal to live by. I've passed it on to my son, who is a very good lacrosse player. Recently, during a recruiting visit to Duke University, I saw it prominently displayed on a panel hanging on the wall of the hallway leading to the team locker room.

"It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred with sweat and dust and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; who, if he wins knows the triumph of high acheivement; and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold timid souls that know neither victory or defeat."

Theodore Roosevelt

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